The only thing bugging Seagate nowadays is its reliability issues. Especially after the 7200.11 firmware issue that crept up. I don't trust Seagate with my data. Otherwise Seagate drives perform really well. Hitachi is better than Samsung. WD has no comparison. Of course with HDD there's always a chance of bad luck. But with WD its quite reduced.
I agree. WD all the way.
If you must use seagate make sure it wasn't one of the "bad" batches.